Nottingham Forest vs Leeds predictions and betting tips for this Championship match on New Years Day with a goals prediction included.
Expert Tipster Prediction: Aside from the circulating rumours of a fall-out between Aitor Karanka and the Nottingham Forest players, it’s been a disappointing Festive season for the Tricky Trees. The East Midlanders have not won since December 1st and the boss is under pressure. Defeats to Millwall, QPR and Preston have piled on the pressure and it doesn’t get much tougher than hosting the leaders on New Years Day. Leeds slipped up against in-form Hull on Saturday but it looks likely to be a small blot in Marcelo Bielsa’s otherwise pristine copybook. The Whites have plenty of spirit and their away record is decent under the Argentine. They should win this.
Aitor Karanka is known as a defensive-minded coach but even his tactics can’t be entirely blamed for his side not scoring in four of their last five matches. Forest also threw away a three-goal lead against Norwich and all is seemingly not well at the City Ground. Even as the home team, I can’t bring myself to back them. Leeds were defeated to Hull but didn’t lose any ground as Norwich also slipped up. Bielsa’s side are unlikely to change the way they play due to a minor blip and I think they should find joy against this Forest defence. It was just their fourth defeat of the campaign with just two of those losses coming on the road and they’ve already left Carrow Road, Pride Park and Bramall Lane with all of the points this season. They won’t be fazed by this trip and I expect to come out on top and put the pressure back on the Canaries. Sheffield United are the only top-half side to have been beaten here this season. Leeds to win is the first of our Nottingham Forest vs Leeds predictions for New Years Day.
What is the best price on a Leeds Win? 13/10 with Bet Victor
There have been some memorable ties between these two sides in recent years although the last few have relatively low-scoring by comparison. Leeds may be top but they aren’t the league’s highest scorers. They’ve netted 42 times, seven more than Forest. They have been leaving it late in games and they could find the net in the second half once again. 56% of Leeds’ games this season have ended with 2-3 goals this season and that’s good enough for me to back it again. Forest’s lack of prowess in front of goal encourages me to avoid BTTS which hasn’t landed in any of their last five home matches. They’ve had some fairly low-scoring games but Leeds do have firepower so it’s best to meet in the middle. 2-3 goals is the second of our Nottingham Forest vs Leeds betting tips.
What are the best odds on 2-3 goals exactly? Evens with Boylesports
Kemar Roofe has been in excellent form recently and he won’t be welcomed to the City Ground with open arms. The striker scored a late equaliser which was clearly bundled in with the help of his hand. The officials awarded the goal much to the chargrin of the away fans. The striker scored three in his three and he could further risk the ire of the Forest faithful by finding the back of the net in this fixture. Hopefully the former Oxford striker uses the correct of his body this time but it’s difficult to oppose a player as prolific as the 25-year old. He tends to save most of his goals for Elland Road but he has hit the target at both Villa Park and Pride Park this season and he is the third of our Nottingham Forest vs Leeds predictions.
What are the best odds on Kemar Roofe to Score Anytime? 6/4 with Ladbrokes
As the statistics display, this isn’t likely to be a high-scoring match. Barring their 3-3 draw with Norwich (and Norwich are having that affect on sides in recent weeks), their games have been very low-scoring. There have been just 10 goals in their last five matches and six of those came at Carrow Road. Leeds couldn’t find the back of the net against Hull but did have 16 shots in that game. Under 2.5 Goals looks fairly generous considering Forest’s recent stats and can be backed at 10/11. 24% of Forest’s matches have featured just one goal this season and 42% of their home games have also finished with just a solitary strike. Under 1.5 Goals could be tempting at 11/4.
Both Teams to Score landed when these two sides met earlier in the campaign but it’s landed in just 48% of Forest’s games this season and none of their last five. It’s 8/11 to come in here.
Kemar Roofe is one of our Nottingham Forest vs Leeds predictions and he is the likliest goalscorer. He is 4/1 to grab the first goal of the game. Forest will be relying on the likes of Joe Lolley and Matty Cash for creativity and the pair of them can be backed at 15/2 and 17/2 respectively.